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The Japanese Art of the Cocktail Authors: Masahiro Urushido and Michael Anstendig Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Release Date: June 1 Katana Kitten, one of the world’s most acclaimed Japanese cocktail bars, was opened in 2018 by mixologist Masahiro Urushido. One year later, the bar won 2019 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award for Best New American Cocktail Bar. Before Katana Kitten, Urushido honed his craft behind the bar of awardwinning eatery Saxon+Parole. In this book, Urushido shares his immense knowledge of Japanese cocktails with 80 recipes that best exemplify Japan’s contribution to the cocktail scene, both from his own bar and from Japanese mixologists worldwide.

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The New Kindred Spirits Author: F. Paul Pacult Publisher: Matt Holt Books Release Date: June 1 In 2008, F. Paul Pacult published the second edition of his groundbreaking book of reviews, Kindred Spirits. In the dozen years since, interest in distilled spirits has exploded, and craft distilleries have popped up around the country and the world. Now, in The New Kindred Spirits, Pacult provides a new compilation of more than 2,400 evaluations of spirits—an indispensable reference for any spirits enthusiast or professional. This edition will also cover the craft distiller explosion—wherein thousands of small, independent distillers burst onto the scene— through hundreds of reviews of craft spirits.

Pantry Cocktails: Inventive Sips from Everyday Staples (and a Few Nibbles Too) Author: Katherine Cobbs Publisher: Tiller Press Release Date: May 25

Gotham City Cocktails: Official Handcrafted Food & Drinks From the World of Batman Author: André Darlington Publisher: Insight Editions Release Date: May 18

This book is an organized, easy-tofollow guide that not only includes cocktail recipes but accompanying themed food boards (such as The Warming Hut Board inspired by New Mexico flavors), helpful tips and hacks, and useful pantry suggestions. The book teaches which key bottled spirits to keep in the iquor cabinet, which fridge and cupboard staples can be repurposed, and how to use seasonal herbs from the patio or garden to create outstanding cocktails that are sure to satisfy and impress.

Based on the colorful heroes, villains, and locations of Gotham City, this compendium of enticing cocktails takes readers on a trip through the home of the Dark Knight. Featuring a collection of sophisticated libations, the book contains 70 recipes for delicious handcrafted cocktails, as well as a curated selection of tasteful bar bites to pair with the beverages. With drinks inspired by everyone from Batman himself to Poison Ivy, Commissioner Gordon, and the Joker, this book includes step-bystep instructions and tips on how to craft the perfect cocktail, as well as beautiful full-color photography. A refined and elegant volume, this book is an essential addition to every fan’s bar cart or bookshelf.

C R AF T S PI R I T S MAG .CO M

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Craft Spirits July 2021  

A publication of the American Craft Spirits Association, Craft Spirits Magazine explores the art, science and business of distilling.

Craft Spirits July 2021  

A publication of the American Craft Spirits Association, Craft Spirits Magazine explores the art, science and business of distilling.

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